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Boston College Core Fellows Program

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The Core Fellows Program at Boston College enables early career scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to develop their research and teaching potential. Core Fellows contribute to the Core Curriculum, the foundational, fifteen-course program in the liberal arts that all Boston College students complete as part of their undergraduate education at a Jesuit, Catholic institution. Fellows are attached to home departments as Visiting Assistant Professors. Salary and research support are competitive. Initial appointments are for one year and are potentially renewable depending on curricular needs.

During one semester, Core Fellows teach lab sections for interdisciplinary Complex Problems courses, team-taught by Boston College faculty. They work alongside experienced teaching mentors on topics such as climate change, race and gender, terrorism, and design and innovation. Labs for Complex Problems courses are devoted to problem- and project-based learning. During the other semester, each Core Fellow teaches an elective in his/her field as well as an Enduring Questions course, linked pairs of classes that two Core Fellows design together.

In 2017–2018, the six Core Fellows represent the fields of Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Sociology. Together they are teaching the following Enduring Questions courses:

In Search of Human Rights: Health and Healthcare (Sociology)
In Search of Human Rights: U.S. Foreign Relations (History)

How Democracies Die: A Political Postmortem (Political Science)
How Democracies Die: A Historical Postmortem (History)

Nature on Exhibit: From Sea Monsters to Sea World (Environmental Studies)
Through the Looking Glass: Business and the Natural Environment (Science and Technology Studies)

Before beginning the program, Core Fellows participate in a workshop on interdisciplinary teaching and active learning at Boston College’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

Information about 2018–2019 fellowships will be available on this website in early November 2017. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

Required specializations vary from year to year. Candidates should exhibit exceptional interdisciplinary research and teaching skills, display a capacity for originality and innovation, and be open to teaching undergraduate students holistically.